I am trying to make a json-call to a VPS server that hosts my wallet and it is failing with the following error message :

Warning:  fopen(http://user:pass@ip:port): failed to open stream: HTTP request           failed! HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
in C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\php\jsonRPCClient.php on line 132

Fatal error:  Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message 'Unable to connect to     http://user:pass@ip:port' in     C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\php\jsonRPCClient.php:140
Stack trace:
#0 C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\php\testrpc.php(15): jsonRPCClient- >__call('getinfo', Array)
#1 C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\php\testrpc.php(15): jsonRPCClient-   >getinfo()
#2 C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\index.php(154): include('C:\Users\Owner\...')
#3 {main}
thrown in C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\php\jsonRPCClient.php on line 140 

i got my JsonRPCClinet.php file from here http://jsonrpcphp.org/code.php?file=jsonRPCClient

my bitcoin.conf file is as follows:


i am aware that is dangerous , i will change it once i can get things working

i am calling json-rpc using this php code

  require_once 'jsonRPCClient.php';

  /* Configuration variables for the JSON-RPC server */
    $rpc_host = 'ip';
    $rpc_port = '8332';
    $rpc_user = 'user';
    $rpc_pass = 'pass';

    $btc = new jsonRPCClient('http://' . $rpc_user . ':' . $rpc_pass . '@' . $rpc_host . ':' . $rpc_port);

  echo "<pre>\n";
  print_r($btc->getinfo()); echo "\n";
  echo "Received: ".$btc->getreceivedbylabel("BEkpbpYLpwacchSQFRCL7ZSWw3VwB8k7WN")."\n";
  echo "</pre>";

additionally i have opened port 8332 on my VPS

can anyone see any reason why this error is occurring, i would greatly appreciate the help

  • Maybe your host is blocking outgoing requests to "non-standard" ports, like 8332? Try 8080 or 443, if they are not reserved by another service. Also try rpcallowip=* instead of
    – user11221
    Sep 10, 2014 at 21:58
  • @GeorgeKimionis That's not it - it's failing with a 403 error, which means that it managed to connect
    – Nick ODell
    Sep 10, 2014 at 22:49
  • @GeorgeKimionis Whoops, I should clarify. I mean that the first suggestion isn't it. The asker should definitely try the second one.
    – Nick ODell
    Sep 10, 2014 at 22:57
  • @NickODell we don't really know if it connected to bitcoind, it could be a proxy or even a firewall returning this 403 if packets are filtered.
    – user11221
    Sep 11, 2014 at 0:14

1 Answer 1


I just read through the code that handles rpcallowip, and I can tell you that rpcallowip= won't work.

If you want to allow from all addresses, you should use


(Weirdly, I can't find any code that handles wildcards. I'm going to open an issue on github about it. It looks like either the documentation or the code is wrong.)

Edit: It turns out that wildcard support has been removed.

  • so i tried and * , and i get the exact same error, i also tried a random ip address and i got a different error (not 403 but still could not connect)? does that help in any way? Sep 10, 2014 at 23:44
  • Huh, that's odd. Try setting $btc->debug = true in your program; see if anything enlightening shows up.
    – Nick ODell
    Sep 10, 2014 at 23:54
  • if i place it after this line: $btc = new jsonRPCClient('ht... that gives me this: "Fatal error: Cannot access private property jsonRPCClient::$debug in C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\USBWebServer\root\php\testrpc.php on line 11" If i change the debug to true in the jsonRPCCLient.php file then it show the same error as the original post :( Sep 11, 2014 at 0:00
  • @cfxlegion Ah, I misread the code. You should do new jsonRPCClient("http://...", true)
    – Nick ODell
    Sep 11, 2014 at 0:53
  • i get this, pastebin.com/GGN9WpSK Sep 11, 2014 at 1:07

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